Dry Eyes and Mask Wearing

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Mask wearing is a day to day reality for most medical professionals. Now the general population of New Zealand is becoming accustomed to it too. For the bulk of Kiwis, wearing a mask is a small personal inconvenience but one with a much greater purpose. For some, that inconvenience could be the onset or worsening of Dry Eye symptoms. Dry Eye … Read More

Have your eye drops run out?

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Have you been caught short over lockdown and have run out of your eye drops? Or maybe the eye drops you normally use aren’t on the shelves in your supermarket or pharmacy? To help you navigate this we have outlined some options below. Prescription eye drops For those of you using prescription only eye drops, for example for the treatment … Read More

Eyelash Enhancements, Eye Makeup and Their Effect on Your Eye Health

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One of our previous articles looked at the importance and function of our eyelashes. And it might have you wanting to rush out to find ways to accentuate your lashes… Obviously to increase your UV protection and apparent fertility. But before you do, consider the impact these interventions may have on your eye health. This blog is about false eyelashes, … Read More

Winter Is Coming… But how will it affect your eyes?

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As you get out winter coats, scarves and hats it’s also time to think about your eyes! The cooler weather has some downsides for eye health but some bonuses for those considering laser vision correction surgery. Dry Eye And Winter Time If you suffer from dry eye, you will probably be aware of what environmental triggers make your symptoms worse. … Read More

Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome

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Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome (RCES) is a common condition affecting the skin on the front surface of the cornea. Normally the layer of skin is very adherent to the underlying tissue, called the stroma. However, in RCES the skin fails to attach securely to the underlying tissue. Making it easily moved or torn by movement of the eyelids. The condition … Read More

Eyelashes – What are they good for?

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It’s pretty obvious why eyes are important… But have you ever considered why you have eyelashes? These seemingly innocuous rows of hairs on your eyelids are actually very useful and represent the first line of defence in protecting your eyes! 1. Defence Eyelashes help keep airborne objects such as dirt, pollen, dust, lint and debris from reaching the surfaces of … Read More

Omega-3 Supplements for Dry Eye Disease

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We know that eating a balanced diet is one of the best things we can do for our bodies and minds. However our modern busy lives make it tricky, so we often augment our diets with dietary supplements. Well the health of the eye is also dependent on our diet. There is significant evidence that omega-3 oils are beneficial for … Read More

How do hormones affect our eyes?

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The human body secretes and circulates approximately 50 different hormones. These chemical messengers are released into the blood stream and carried to the target organ or tissue. Different hormones act on certain aspects of bodily functions and processes. In this article we are going to explore which hormones act on the eyes and how. What are hormones? Hormones are chemical … Read More

Ode to the Wheatie Bag

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The staff laugh, I laugh too, at this obsession.Two, three times a day I reach toward my collection. A box of small cute jelly-bean shaped bags.Choose your colour, pattern even zig zag! At first you think it’s odd, perhaps she’s mad,To offer you a small wheatie bag. I leave you alone, two minutes I’ll take.You scan the room, where’s her … Read More

Festive Season and Your Eyes

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How does one link the festive season to a blog about the eyes? Well here at the Wellington Eye Centre we live, sleep and dream eyes so there is no topic we can’t relate back to the amazing fields of Optometry and Ophthalmology. Here are some Festive Season Eye related snippets. 1.  Christmas Tree Cataract Is a rare age-related cataract. … Read More

What’s the deal with sunglasses?

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Are all sunglasses made equal? Which are the best sunglasses to wear? Should children wear sunglasses? Sunglasses are great! Not only can they improve your comfort on a sunny or glarey day, but they protect your eyes, they’re fun and they can be an integral accessory for the budding fashionista! With so many functions, how do we make sure we … Read More